Pickering College has a vibrant, varied and exciting arts program featuring expert instructors and arts professionals. Some of our most popular offerings include:
Budding actors enjoy hands-on involvement in producing and performing several plays within the school and in drama festivals. Courses explore many dramatic techniques, ranging from pantomime to improvisation.
Pickering College is building an international reputation for outstanding ﬁlm productions. Senior students, through our Communications Technology course, learn fundamentals of moviemaking, including script development, camera and sound recording techniques, and editing. Students have won coveted awards in international competitions, such as the Bridge Film Festival, and Toronto Student Film Festival.
102.7 CHOP FM Pickering College's Radio Station
102.7 CHOP FM is a CRTC-licensed, student-operated radio station serving Pickering College and the wider Newmarket community. Broadcasting from New House on the Pickering College campus, this fully functioning radio station provides a range of community-based programming including a live morning show, sports updates, and feature programs -- all produced by Pickering students.
Instrumental Music and Bands
Students can explore their love for music and instrumental talents through a variety of ensembles, including concert, jazz, guitar and percussion groups. Our ensembles enjoy individual and group instruction while performing at school events as well as local and international venues.
The Joshua Weinzweig Creative Writing Program
Thanks to the vision and generous support of Daniel Weinzweig, young creative writers at Pickering College have produced a history of success. Recently, dozens of writers from the Senior School captured first place in a Canada-wide, high-school, literary competition and many individuals have published their work in newspapers, magazines and anthologies or won short story, poetry or essay writing contests. The nationally-recognized Joshua Weinzweig Creative Writing Program provides young writers with systemic opportunity to develop their craft, resource and program support, and effective mentoring and recognition for their efforts. Each year, student work is published in the PC Review of Writing.
The artist in every student has an opportunity to blossom in our Visual Arts program, which balances theory with instruction in various techniques, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and computer animation. Along with studio activities and opportunities to exhibit their work, students also learn art history and visit prominent galleries, such as the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Vocal Music and Musical Theatre
There are a number of performance and recording opportunities for students who wish to expand their repertoire to include a variety of styles. Vocal technique, acting and theory are the main focus of the program.